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Old 07-04-2005   #83
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But I still hold that directories are not a bad neighborhoods in general.
Let's clarify the concept a little bit. There are some that are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, visibly identifiable as being part of linking "networks" - either networks of likeminded directories interlinked and cross-linked with the same business model in mind, or quite visibly as SEO networks.

Unfortunately, trying to emulate BH techniques without following the basic rule of BH, which is to stay off the radar, isn't what so many of them are doing. Publicizing and soliciting business for them right at SEO forums, right where search engineers can and do read, is exactly the opposite - it's putting them right on the radar and it's only been a matter of time before the ships either float or sink.

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That adding up your site to directoires is a good thing. It brings click though traffic
Oh really? And where is their traffic coming from? Surely not from the search engines in many, many cases. How I see it happening, is that the only traffic some of them can get is from being announced and publicized at a bunch of SEO forums, or cross-linked among others of their ilk.

It isn't about "clicks" - it's all about getting qualified, targeted traffic that converts.

A good, substantial, vertical directory that's well established and gets inbound traffic for the relevant keyword set will do that, but those are a far cry from many of the little directories being thrown out there daily, both independently and as part of networks, that hope to monetize by selling text adverts or footer sitewides, even though, as pointed out, in many cases they're literally undistuishable from scraper sites.
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